The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Okanagan, B.C. edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in B.C.’s Okanagan region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.


Scroll below to download your free copy and to find local resources.

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Community resources in the Okanagan region

One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Okanagan area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Mental health

Interior Crisis Line Network
1-888-353-2273 (C.A.R.E.)

BC Crisis Line
24/7 support

Okanagan Mental Health Services Society

Mental Health Services
(Interior Health)

Canadian Mental Health Association – South Okanagan Similkameen

Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna

Foundry Kelowna
(mental health wellness centre for parents and youth)

Local therapists

Local depression therapists

Local anxiety therapists

Physical health

Interior Health Authority

Find a local chiropractor

Find a local registered massage therapist

Find a local physiotherapist

Alzheimer Society of British Columbia – Interior Region

BC Cancer – Kelowna

Services for seniors – North Okanagan
(Nexus BC Community Resource Centre)

Seniors Outreach & Resource Centre

Families and individuals

Child and Family Services office for Kelowna

Building Healthy Families Society

The Bridge Youth & Family Services

Parent Support Services Society of BC

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club

Okanagan Ability Centre

The Gay Okanagan Network

Reach Out – Youth Counselling & Family Services

Connect Counselling & Therapy Society
(formerly The Kelowna Family Centre)

Local relationship therapists

Local divorce therapists

Local grief counsellors

Emergency support and shelters

Kelowna Women’s Shelter

Inn from the Cold – Kelowna

Kelowna Youth Shelter

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission

Central Okanagan Food Bank

The Armstrong Food Bank

Central Okanagan RCMP Victim Services

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors

Employment Services – Thompson-Okanagan

YMCA of Okanagan – Employment Services

Credit Counselling Society – Kelowna


Kelowna Newcomers Club

Penticton Newcomers Club

Newcomer information
(Okanagan Regional Library)

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre
(local volunteer opportunities)

Volunteer Kelowna
(local volunteer opportunities)

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics in Okanagan)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central and Southern Interior of BC

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan